Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ted Stevens officially defeated

I suppose it wasn't the present Ted Stevens was hoping for on his birthday, but it feels like a gift to the rest of America. The Alaskan recount process finally proceeded to the point where Democrat Mark Begich can be declared the winner of the hotly contested senatorial race. Frankly, knowing a few Alaskans personally, I can't believe it was as close as it was, meaning how embarrassing is it to vote for a convicted felon. But then again it is a red state and Stevens did have the kind of seniority that delivers the prime federal pork. I assume a lot of those voters depend on the handouts to make a living.

In any event, Begich becomes the first Democratic Senator from Alaska since Mike Gravel held the seat and we will be blessedly spared from any further speculation about Sarah Palin moving to the national stage via that route. Win - win.

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Blogger rockync said...

Win-win? Hear - hear! That one had me concerned. It would have been an easy route for Palin to a national stage. Let her work for it and see if she can win the seat in an open election. Even though Alaska is a red state, I think some of her antics left a sour taste in the mouths of her fellows.

12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Now that her oil windfall has disappeared she's going to find out it's not so much fun to "preside over billion dollar budgets." I think she's going to lose some of her pre-run luster for sure.

2:27:00 PM  

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